Special WIFT Event Wednesday 23 July

Posted Tuesday 15 Jul 2014

One of the highlights of the NZIFF is the opportunity to meet international film makers and establish those all important connections outside NZ.

For this year's NZIFF we have three exciting film makers all to oursevles for two hours on Wednesday 23 July.

Meet Sophie Hyde Director of 52 Tuesdays, and Dan Geller andDayna Goldfine, co-directors of documentary The Galapagos Affair; Satan Came to Eden. Alyx Duncan, director of The Red House will lead the session.

Place: Film Auckland, Level 8, Gulf Boardroom, 139 Quay Street (next to the Hilton Hotel)

139 Quay Street - Wises Maps

Time: 6pm - 8pm

Wine, nibbles and international networking - an unmissable event that's FREE to WIFT members. RSVP now to office@wiftnz.org.nz to secure your place.

Sophie Hyde - 52 Tuesdays.

Australian Sophie Hyde won Sundance's World Cinema Director Award, and Berlin's youth jury award, the Crystal Bear, with this striking first feature. Set in Adelaide on 52 consecutive Tuesdays, the film follows a year in the life of Billie (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) who, along with the usual social and sexual questioning that 16-year-olds go through, is also responding to the gender transition being undertaken by her mother (played by non-gender-conforming Del Herbert-Jane).

See the trailer HERE.

Please note if you want to see Sophie's film the screenings are on the 2 days PRECEDING this event.

Screening times: 52 Tuesdays

22-Jul-14              6:15 p.m.             SKY CITY

23-Jul-14              3:00 p.m.             SKY CITY

Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine - The Galapagas Affair

Almost improperly entertaining, this documentary whodunit spins a tale of utopian ideals, sexual intrigue? and murderous jealousy - all on tiny Floreana, one of the Galapagos Islands. The events it describes were a media sensation in the 30s, thanks in large measure to the enthusiastic on-film cavorting of the story's flamboyant femme fatale. Filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller (Ballets Russes) have restored a cornucopia of reportage, archival film and photography and enlisted top-line voice talent, including Cate Blanchett, to explore this bizarre tale anew.

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

24-Jul-14              6:15 p.m.             SKY CITY

25-Jul-14              1:45 p.m.             SKY CITY


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It's WIFTI Showcase Time Again

Posted Tuesday 15 Jul 2014

A year goes by so fast in this industry, but that's no excuse for not entering the WIFTI Showcase 2014.

WIFTI needs our TWO entries for the 2014 Women in Film & Television International's Short Film Showcase. This is a great opportunity for members to showcase their work, some of the selected films have received distribution deals and been nominated for Academy Awards! With news like that we hope it is an incentive to send us your best short film.

To mark the 10th Anniversary of the showcase on March 8, 2015 in celebration of International Women's Day, WIFTI will exhibit an international online showcase of the selected submissions.

Cash prizes of $1000, $500 and $250 will be awarded to the top three films selected by the Jury.  The prize will be awarded to the female director. We encourage members of every Chapter to participate!

Guidelines for Submission:

  • WIFTI encourages unique points of view and storytelling that focuses on subjects/issues that would concern women.
  • The short must run less than 15 minutes.
  • There is no submission fee for WIFTI members in good standing.
  • The film must have a female director, plus females in two other key positions(i.e.: writer, producer, editor, director of photography etc.)  .
  • The submission must be less than two years old.

If you wish to be considered as New Zealand's entry please send Patricia Watson a screener/a link/DVD, and electronic press kit. Include the name of the director and the two other women in key positions. Please note that a link to the film would be best - easier to share with the judges.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm Sunday 24 August.

Submissions are to be sent to:


Note you will need to fill out a complete submission form if you are selected.

Let's see how many short films, under 15 minutes are directed by women in New Zealand!